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USA Road trip - Leaving The Florida Keys

Updated on November 13, 2012
Another great sunset
Another great sunset | Source
Roads connecting the mainland to the Islands
Roads connecting the mainland to the Islands | Source
A "gaggle" of Turkey Vulture
A "gaggle" of Turkey Vulture | Source
Honoring the USA forces
Honoring the USA forces | Source
Good information boards abound.
Good information boards abound. | Source

Leaving the Keys: Robbed again

The road betweem Miami and Key West is truely amazing as it crosses the ocean and connects a string of Islands together. It was firstly a railway line but when that got destroyed by a hurricane the road followed. Some places it extends seven miles over the water from one island to another.

We have seen some really good birds here at Bahia Honda including another Bald Eagle, a Magnificent Frigate bird(that’s its name believe it or not) and a multitude of shorebirds both big and small, many still to be identified, not to even mention the many Grass birds, Terns, other Raptors and Pelicans. This is undoubtedly a bird watcher’s paradise! The beach here has twice in recent years been awarded the title of the best beach in the USA and the soft white sand, beautiful coconut trees and warm turquoise water says it all!

Friday night we moved to Long Keys State Park where we were again robbed, this time by Florida State Parks who charged $43 for the camp site. The fact that our site had the Atlantic Ocean lapping against it and this State Park is the only one in the Nation to twice be judged to be ‘The State Park of the Year’ I suppose justifies this! It is also fully occupied every day. When we got to John Pennenkamp State Park near Key Largo with its great coral reefs and they wanted $9 for us to do a half day visit so we put our foot down and headed back for Boynton Beach.

As we travelled along the Interstate 1 North we noticed the many busses driving south towards Key West for the annual fest. We have now visited three of the corners of the USA on this trip, NW, NE and SE and were tempted to head to San Diego to make it a full house but decided to give that a skip and travel up to Cape Carnaveron to see the space shuttle launch.

This is a rather expensive part of paradise and so if you plan to visit the Florida Keys bring your check book after first seeing your bank manager for an overdraft. Of the 35 States we visited Florida, and specially the Keys, was the most expensive for camping. If you do come to Key West over the Fetival weekend in October don’t bother to bring much clothing, just some body paint!


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Had a great time but prices and Fest scared us away!

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      We had a great time but the prices and the fest scared us off. Thanks for the comments.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Johan Smulders..ahh so you visited the week of " Fantasy Fest " ? hopefully you were prepared..that is definately one week we do not visit..we do go every year at Lobster time/have family that live there and yes it is expensive....did you stop by "Porky's " roadside eatery ? The prices for all the beautiful Nature Parks in Florida are exorbitant.. locals go elsewhere off the beaten path..

      did you visit Sombreo beach ? Hopefully you returned home refreshed ? your pics are the 7mile sunset one..welcome back..thanks for sharing your trip...

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      A USA Road Trip is a must as is one in South Africa.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The last line was a good one! What great adventures that you have had.


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